Partnerships are key to the success of active school travel initiatives.
Many Ontario communities have established local committees or hubs to coordinate their active school travel efforts. These may include school, school board, public health, municipal, police and other representatives. Contact us to learn about the committee in your area.
We are working to establish an Ontario active school travel Community of Interest so that practitioners across the province can share knowledge. Watch this space and subscribe to our newsletter for updates.
The Heart and Stroke Foundation
The Heart and Stroke Foundation has been committed to active school travel for two decades. An early financial supporter of School Travel Planning, Heart & Stroke partnered with GCC on a two-year project to identify active school travel programming in Ontario and priorities for continued growth and effectiveness.
Canadian Automobile Association-South Central Ontario
The Canadian Automobile Association-South Central Ontario (CAA-SCO) has a long history of promoting road safety including its School Safety Patrol program and the Ontario Road Safety Resource. CAA-SCO also advocates for school zone safety and provides financial support to GCC for active school travel resources and events.
Metrolinx, the regional transit authority for the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area, is a long-time supporter of active school travel, investing in STP pilot projects, research and events. Metrolinx facilitates regional coordination through the GTHA Active and Sustainable School Travel Regional Hub.
Ottawa Student Transportation Authority / City of Ottawa
The Ottawa Student Transportation Authority and the City of Ottawa are the lead funders for active school travel programming in the nation’s capital which includes School Travel Planning, a ground-breaking Walking School Bus program, and a multi-modal approach to student transportation services.
Active school travel across Canada
A number of provinces have their own active school travel programs. GCC is part of the Active School Travel Association of Canada (ASTAC), a working group formed in 2016 to connect the leading organizations for active school travel across Canada: